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    April 5, 2012

    CHICAGO – The UIC softball team (15-17/2-1 Horizon League) travels to Indianapolis, Ind., to face Butler in a three-game series. There is a single game Friday at 3:00 p.m. (CT), followed by a doubleheader Saturday that begins at 11:00 a.m. LEAD-OFF HITS

    HORIZON LEAGUE PRESEASON PICK

    UIC fell to the Wisconsin Badgers in a 5-0 outcome Tuesday (April 3) inside Flames Field. The Flames posted four hits during the contest.

    LAST TIME OUT

    UIC played IUPUI in a doubleheader March 31 … the team split decisions in the twin bill … UIC won 2-0 in the first contest as Hewett hit a two-run homerun to center field to ignite the Flames victory … IUPUI won the second game with a single-run home run.

    2011 HORIZON LEAGUE HONORS - SCHMIT & HERNANDEZ

    Schmit was a postseason first-team all-Horizon League honoree as she had a league-best slugging percentage of .800, while also leading the Flames in homeruns with six. The first baseman logged 16 RBI in 20 League contests, and concluded the season with a .315 batting average. Hernandez garnered 2011 postseason all-second and all-newcomer Horizon League honors after the shortstop posted a .349 batting average, while committing only four errors on the season. She added nine RBI, three homeruns and a triple during her rookie season.

    FRESH FACES

    Head coach, Michelle Venturella, welcomes a new coaching staff ... hitting coach, Sami Baugh, who served as the top assistant coach at Central Michigan for the past four years. Prior to her coaching stint, Baugh was a four-time letterwinning catcher and three-time Academic all-Big Ten selection at Iowa ... pitching coach, Eileen Canney, a two-time All-American and former Northwestern pitcher joins the Flames with a wealth of playing experience at the collegiate, national and international level. Canney served as a coach during the 2011 Under Armour All-American high school game ... volunteer assistant, Heather Han, joins the staff after playing and coaching at Eastern Michigan.

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